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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 12, 2000--3


Winter waiting-land

Black Uplift organization
focuses on tech for kids

After drinking
17 shots, minor
talen to hospital
A isorderly man was taken to
University Hospitals emergency
room-arly Sunday morning, accord-
ing tc Department of Public Safety
Thi man was found on the 500
blockof Thompson Street and admit-
ted todrinking 17 shots of liquor. He
was Oven a minor in possession of
alcohil citation.
Car smashes into
Main St. window
A terson drove a car through the
foyerof the Chelsea Family Practice
Buildng on Main Street on Thursday
mornng, DPS reports state. No fur-
ther nformation was given.
Shaving cream
found in bathroom
A Tall director at Mosher-Jordan
Resience Hall found shaving cream
sprayed "all over" a restroom Thurs-
day morning, according to DPS
Tfe shaving cream caused no dam-
age > the restroom. DPS has no sus-
pect in the case.
Hales punched in
Markley wall
Tvo large holes were found in the
dryvall of the Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall lobby Friday morning,
acco-ding to DPS reports. Fix-it was
noti'ied of the problem. DPS was
unable to locate any witnesses or sus-
pects in the incident.
Numerous minors
cited for alcohol
Tvo students living in Mary
Marley Residence Hall received
citatons for minor in possession of
alcolol early Saturday morning, DPS
repcrts state. The subjects were
released after the citation.
Tvo more Markley students
received MIPs Saturday night, anoth-
er rcceived one Sunday morning. A
student living in Bursley Residence
Hall also received a MIP Saturday
night One of the students at Markley
on Stturday was taken to the Univer-
sity Hospitals emergency room due
to his level of intoxication.
Computer lifted
from Angell Hall
A computer was stolen from an
off cc in Angell Hall sometime
Wednesday night or Thursday
morning, according to DPS
reports. The office had been
locked, and was found locked by
the female employee who works in
the office when she arrived Thurs-
day horning. Last week, unknown
persons entered Angell Hall offices
through ceilings, but nothing was
reported stolen.
Markley resident
falls, taken to
emergency room
A female student living in Mary
Maikley Residence Hall fell and
inju-ed herself Saturday afternoon,
according to DPS reports. The
woman could not stand up, but was

conscious and breathing. She was
transported by friends to the hospital.
~- The incident occurred on the
stai-s of the building's main
Student having
difficulty breathing
A female student living in Helen.
Newberry Residence Hall was
taken to University Hospitals
emergency room Sunday evening
after experiencing trouble breath-
ing, according to DPS reports. The
woman also reported a "tingling"
feeling in her left side.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
David Enders.

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter

Inspired by the time they spend with
children at the Boys and Girls Club of
Ypsilanti each Saturday, the men of
Black Uplift have challenged them-
selves to provide these children with
technology in order to close the infor-
mation gap.
During the visits, in which the mem-
bers of the new student group play
sports, pool, video and board games
with the children, they have desired to
become more involved their education.
"We hope that we can inspire them to
pursue higher education," Uplift Presi-
Prs-dent Jiamal Daniel said.
Daniel, an Engineering sophomore,
. f said the group decided to donate their
funds and buy products that would
increase the children's exposure to tech-
. nology.
They have committed all their funds
to the children, Daniel said. "We've had
bucket drives and other groups have let
us collect at the doors to their events."
Boys and Girls Club program director
Troy Stevens, who has been with the
organization for two and a half years,
AP PHOTO said Uplift has discussed their fundrais-
Would-be flyers wait out numerous plane delays yesterday at Detroit Metro ing plans with him. Although the Boys
Airport as near blizzard conditions wreaked havoc all over the Midwest. and Girls Club has some technology
resources, such as video games and
Study: Most Michigan residents
Soppose concealed weapons

computers, they are somewhat outdated.
Engineering junior Bernard Drew
said through their donations to the chil-
dren, they are working toward closing
the technology gap. They hope to pro-
vide the kids with an opportunity to
manipulate current computer technolo-
gy and become comfortable with the
basic hardware and software, he said.
"We want to expose them to digital
technology by utilizing digital cameras
and the Internet," Drew said. "We hope
to sponsor a short essay contest among
the kids, expose them to the internet,
and allow them to have fun on the com-
Drew said they have raised about
S400 and the group's long-term goal is
to provide the children with computers
like Hewlett-Packard and Apple.
"Since we're all engineers, if we get
them some computers, we know enough
to teach them and they wouldn't have to
have teachers" Daniel said.
The group's recent purchase and first
donation is a Nintendo 64, which they
will present to the directors by the end
of the year. They also hope to sponsor a
small scholarship for the children next
Stevens said the one factor that makes
Black Uplift different, compared to vol-
unteers at the Boys and Girls Club, is
their consistency and dedication to the
SEE YOU IN 2001!
Food For Thought
The Legacy
It's not just a human price
paid in war - the envi-
ronment also takes a beat-
ing. "By then the tigers,
elephants, and monkeys had
all but vanished from the
forest - into the stomachs of
the guerrillas" Pg. 159,
A Viet Cong Memoir.
A. sponsored by:
Gary Lillie & Associates,

program. "It's a student-based organiza-
tion and I've seen that it's hard to do all
the things you want to do. But I've
called on short notice and they've come
out to help," he said, adding that
Uplift's main goal has been to assist the
Boys and Girls Club.
Daniel said interacting with the chil-
dren has been the best aspect of the ser-
vice project.
"We get there around 2 p.m. and they
will be playing dodge ball. A few-peo-
ple will go upstairs with the smaller
game room and play with them," he
In a few visits, Drew said he saw a
dramatic change with a shy bovwho
had been teased by his companions:.
"Upon noticing this, I convinced him
to play me in pool. After a few games,
and then more on subsequent visits, it
turned out that he had a real knack for
the game, and the other kids began to
notice," Drew said.
"Although many still continued to
ridicule him, others began to comment
on how good he was, which appear to be
a huge boost for his confidence,' he said.
Drew said through encouragement,
the kids discover for themselves that
they are capable of success.
"We hope to lead them to the point
where they can say the same about col-
lege," Drew said.
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LANSING (AP) - As state lawmakers work this week to
approve legislation aimed at loosening restrictions on con-
cealed weapons permits, a poll released yesterday shows little
public support for such a bill.
Fifty-five percent of 600 people surveyed said they don't
want concealed weapons boards to be required to give permits
to applicants as long as they don't have a criminal record or a
history of mental illness. The poll, by Lansing's EPIC/MRA,
was conducted Dec. 6-10.
The poll shows 37 percent favor the bill, and 8 percent
don't know how they feel about it. The poll, which questioned
people who have voted at least once in the last four years, has
a 4-point margin of error.
The bill being considered would direct county gun boards
to issue concealed weapon permits as long as applicants are at
least 21. Applicants could not be convicted felons or have
been involuntarily committed for mental illness.
Right now, the burden is on applicants to show their need to
carry a concealed gun and county gun boards are given broad-

er discretion.
A state House-Senate conference committee was scheduled
to meet today to hammer out differences between the cham-
bers on the concealed weapons legislation.
Lawmakers are working hard to finish legislation during its
last week of the 1999-200 session because bills not approved
by the end of the year die on Dec. 31. Gov. John Engler has
said he would sign the concealed weapons measure as long as
it included the establishment of gun-free zones around
schools, churches and day care centers.
County gun boards issued 18,220 concealed weapons per-
mits in 1998, with each good for up to three years, according
to the Michigan State Police. If the new bill is signed into law,
the new standards are expected to raise that number.
The poll indicated that 40 percent of active voters would be
less likely to elect a state representative or state senator if he or
she voted for the concealed weapons legislation.
Twenty percent said they would be more likely to vote for
their legislators if they supported the concealed weapons bill.

Town supervisor tie
decided by drawing


There were no complaints about
chads - hanging, pregnant or other-
wise. No lawsuit threats. No spin-
mcisters or chanting demonstrators.
Republican challenger Marianne
"Toni" Larson and Democratic
incumbent Dave Stremlow drew slips
of paper from a small pine box yester-
day to break a 297-297 tie in the not-
so-hard-fought race for supervisor of
Fife Lake Township.
The victor: Larson, whose slip read
"Elected." (The loser's slip read "Not
"This is so bizarre," the 66-year-old
Larson said, displaying her winning
lot for news photographers. "But this
election process does work."
Stremlow shook Larson's hand,
wished her luck and left.
A retired auto worker who was
seeking a second four-year term,
Stremlow initially thought he had
squeaked to a I-vote victory. The
election night count Nov. 7 produced
a result of 297-296.
Larson requested a hand recount,
which resulted in a deadlock. A
bipartisan group of inspectors agreed
the optical scanning voting machine
had erroneously rejected a ballot
marked for her.
State law prescribes a drawing to
settle ties.
Another drawing is scheduled for
Thursday in the Upper Peninsula,
where both candidates for clerk of
Alger County's Onota Township
received 94 votes.
Janelle Snyder had been declared

the winner by two votes over Mary
Hanson and sworn into office before a
recount changed the outcome.
In Grand Traverse County, where
Fife Lake is located, clerk Linda
Coburn said she could recall one
other drawing in a local election more
than a decade ago.
But there was considerably less
interest back then, she said. The con-
trast between the orderly, civil resolu-
tion of the Fife Lake Township contest
and the convoluted, bitter presidential
slugfest drew media inquiries from
around the nation.
"We're doing things the right way
up here," said Cindy Williams, a
nurse at the medical center in Fife
Lake, a village so small it has no traf-
fic light. "I'm so tired of that Florida
The rural township, which includes
the village, has a population of about
1,500. It's located in the forested
northwestern corner of Michigan's
Lower Peninsula, about 30 miles
southeast of Traverse City.
A one-time logging town, it is now a
bedroom community for nearby cities
and becoming popular with retirees.
The lake for which the village is
named is ringed by fishing cabins.
Larson served as township clerk
the last eight years, keeping records
and handling the payroll. The part-
time supervisor's post, which pays
$6,500, deals more with policy.
By all accounts, the race was
friendly - and low-budget. Larson
figures she spent about S50 to pro-
duce and distribute a flyer.

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